(L-R: $$, New Beginning, Darlin’)
BendFilm To Celebrate the Connection of Music and Film with 8 Music Videos In Its Popular First Music Video Category Back For the Second Year
The Local Focus Highlights Pacific Northwest Filmmakers and Issues Impacting the Region
BendFilm announced today the eight Music Videos and nine Local Focus films set to screen at the 19th annual BendFilm Festival running October 6 – 23, 2022.
The Music Video category takes audiences on a vivid and impactful audio and visual journey. Genres in the program include 1980s sci-fi-synth-rock, folk, PDX underground rock, satire, and more. The Local Focus documentary films highlight our community’s experiences and observations, highlighting local causes that affect all of us. The Local Focus narratives are a curated mixture of comedies, dramas and thrillers.
The Oscar® Qualifying BendFilm Festival will present 80 short films and 33 feature films from around the globe in addition to music videos, panels, workshops and live performances. The schedule is live at BendFilm.org.
Todd Looby, BendFilm Executive Director, said, “Central Oregon has a vibrant and growing independent film community adding to the great work coming out of Portland and the Willamette Valley. Each year the Local Focus program expands and the quality of work gets better. We look forward to sharing local talent with audience members coming from near and far.”
Selin Sevinc, BendFilm Head Programmer, said, “We look forward to celebrating the harmonious, timeless and captivating connection between music and film. This year’s music video program provides both a nostalgic tribute to the early days of MTV and an insight into the creativity of modern music video culture. And we relish the opportunity to highlight local filmmakers and soul-baring stories through our Local Focus category.”
MUSIC VIDEOS SELECTED TO SCREEN AT BENDFILM 2022:
Neap Tide By Moon News
Directed by Andrew Higgins
The pain of loss/change and the prospect of building something new.
Darlin’ by She & Him
Directed by Lara Jean Gallagher
A music video for “Darlin’” from the She & Him album, Melt Away: A Tribute to Brian Wilson.
Dichotomatic by Spoon Benders
Directed by Karlee Boon
A colorful drag through the monotony of lives and nine-to-fives.
$$ by Gold Casio
Directed by Tyler Bertam & Gold Casio
Intergalactic late-night channel surfing.
Frutos Rojos by Los Mundos
Directed by Dave Merson Hess
West Coast Premiere
An interdimensional strawberry-dog picks up a mysterious hitchhiker.
Bang by Jane Machine
Directed by Nastasia Dusapin
Jane Machine’s “Bang” is a rambunctious and catchy ode to eros made flesh by its synth-driven track and infectiously playful video.
New Beginning by Automatic
Directed by Ambar Navarro
Three elite are chosen to escape Earth and start a new beginning on an unharmed planet.
Ah Ways by Kelsey Beck Kuther
Directed by Doone Lupine Williams
Think David Lynch’s 1997 neo-noir “Lost Highway” with a twist of Jeff Buckley.
LOCAL FOCUS FILMS SELECTED TO SCREEN IN BENDFILM 2022:
Blend: On Being Black in Bend | Directed by Kenny Adams
Ten Black Central Oregonians share their experiences living in the area and the hurdles they’ve faced.
Bridging the Gap (USA) | Directed by Elif Koyutürk
West Coast Premiere
Meet the people behind Think Wild’s mission to protect and care for native wildlife in Central Oregon.
Bugtussle (USA) | Directed by Derek Sitter
After a bank robbery gone bad, a broken criminal and his unhinged partner hide out in a shack in the orange groves of Bakersfield to await their getaway car.
Further In (USA) | Directed by Eric Parnell
An off-grid camping trip exposes the darkness in a couple’s relationship.
Get Stung (USA) | Directed by Nick Logsdon
A Dutch health and wellness guru helps a honeybee cope with its impending death.
Julia (USA) | Directed by Emma Duvall
Based on a true story in 1970 South Korea, a young girl faces a test of friendship at an orphanage when she is accused of a crime she did not commit.
Spotlight: Presented by NeighborImpact | Directed by Felipe Santacruz
An inside look into making Central Oregon more equitable and inclusive for everyone.
To Out Scheme a Sister (USA) | Directed by Taylor Moe
In Edwardian-era England, Bernadette makes a plan to regain her inheritance from the hands of her scheming sister Mildred.
Vlad & Nick (USA) | Directed by Taylor Morden
Central Oregon Premiere
On Christmas eve, an aging vampire recounts his adventures with an old friend.